Enjoy our workshops from the comfort and safety of your home. Sign up today!

posted Oct 2, 2020
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Due to current circumstances and social distancing, all workshops will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

You can enjoy the content from the comfort and safety of your home. Connecting is easy! Instructions for remote access will be e-mailed to participants in advance.

These training opportunities help historical organizations and interested history advocates gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections.

  • If you are a personal member of HSM or represent an organization that itself is a member of the Society, registration is $39.
  • Registration for nonmembers is $79 and includes a one-year HSM Household Membership.
  • Our Doubleheader sessions offer a workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon on related topics. You can sign up for either the morning or the afternoon OR register for the whole day, and double your training experience. HSM members who take both workshops on Doubleheader days receive a special price of $59! Nonmembers, $118.
  • Registration closes at noon the day BEFORE the scheduled workshop.
  • If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.*
  • Materials are included with your registration. Any handouts from the presenter will be sent to remote attendees after the workshop.
*Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees several days before each workshop.

To register for a workshop, use our secure online registration form
or call (800) 692-1828.


December 4
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Picture This: Digitizing Photographs 101

with Ken Hafeli, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ret.)
This program covers scanners, digitizing photographs to TIFF and JPEG formats, and editing using software such as Adobe Photoshop. The presenter will also discuss scanning documents to PDF using Optical Character Recognition, which allows any part of the scanned page to be copied and become editable text.

January 15
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Albums, Diaries, and Keepsakes…
Oh, My!
How to Preserve Your Family History

with Sharon Carlson, Western Michigan University (Ret.)
Are you the family historian? Did everyone hand you boxes of family photographs, correspondence, and papers and say “You like history—take care of this!” If so, this is the workshop for you. Learn from a professional archivist how to sort, arrange, and preserve your family’s photos and other historical documents.

January 29
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Outlasting the Disk: Preserving CDs and DVDs

with Sarah Mainville, Michigan State University Library
Early digitization efforts recommended that scanned items be stored on optical discs; however, CDs and DVDs are a high-risk format for information loss. This workshop discusses why optical media is at risk, how to stabilize and migrate data, and the steps needed to ensure digital files are safe for the future.

February 19
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Bringing in the Bucks: Grant Writing 101

with Caitlyn Perry Dial, Michigan State University
“Just write a grant for it!” That’s easy to say, but why do some grants win approval while others are turned down? This workshop will show how small museums and historical organizations can fund collections, planning, and programming projects by writing successful grant applications to local, state, and national funders.

March 5

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Communicating the Tale: Writing Your History Article

with Roger Gilles, Grand Valley State University
This workshop covers creating an article—from finding the right venue and sending a query letter to submitting the finished article and working with editors. The speaker will also discuss establishing a clear focus and structure, using headings effectively, citing sources smoothly and accurately, and achieving a professional level of style and polish.

March 5

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Sharing the Tale: Publishing Your History Book

with Catherine Cocks, Michigan State University Press
Have you wanted to produce a history book, but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop, the presenter will take you through all the steps of creating a book, including defining the scope, researching and writing, creating financial goals, gathering illustrations, defining the market, printing, and marketing the volume to the public.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations less than one week before each workshop. Your registration fee can be transferred to another workshop in the series within one year of the date of your original workshop registration.
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